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Editorial: Something to nip in the bud: street fighting at Smith College

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Things got a little crazy a week ago at Smith College. Near the end of a scheduled party hosted by the Smith African and Caribbean Students’ Association, a crowd of up to 500 people spilled outside the college’s Campus Center. A Northampton Police Department sergeant listening on a shared public safety radio frequency heard yelling and screaming at 1:20 a.m., then frantic calls for assistance from the lone campus police …

Jim Cahillane: The bicycling brothers who conquered the air

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The overriding theme for many presidential candidates so far is that America is on the rocks and that they, as a political doomsayer, will be America’s answer. May I propose that they take my old-timer advice and “go fly a kite.” The Wright brothers did — and therein soars a heavenly American story. It’s been newly researched and retold by …

John Sheirer: Sending good vibes for everyone

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

“Please pray for me.” I see this request on Facebook more often than posts about food, puppies, grandchildren and the day’s weather combined. The reasons for these requests range from poignant to commonplace to outlandish. “Dad is going in for surgery today.” “My little girl has her blood test this morning.” “I see the doctor today at noon.” My heart goes out to …

Adam Fisher: Songs in the key of Pope Francis

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The pope’s arrival in the United States next Tuesday has revved up the Christian aspect of my 45-year interest in spiritual life. It has also put me in mind of a time when my half-sister snookered …

W. Michael Ryan: A nearly forgotten hero of Valley health care, and ladies’ hats

Monday, September 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Before Cooley Dickinson became a hospital, Cooley Dickinson was a man, born in 1804, a fifth-generation resident of Hatfield, a humble shoemaker, a poor but industrious farmer, a clever businessman and a shrewd investor who overcame …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Hungarian official’s professed Christianity does not measure up

Friday, September 11, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — For weeks, the front page of the New York Times has been dominated by what is now seen as the greatest humanitarian crisis the world has seen since World War II. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violence and war, mostly from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, …

Mac Everett: Yes, old, but not at all in the way: ‘Re-purposing’ to thin the municipal waste stream in Northampton

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Fellow Northampton residents, let’s talk trash! Now that our dump has become a green hillock, what happens to our non-recyclable refuse? Our garbage must be trucked to distant landfills in other communities where it is out of our sight, mind, and reach of Pioneer Valley groundwater. …

John Paradis: What it means to be a patriot

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Today is 9-11. Patriot Day. In 2009, on the eighth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Obama declared this day “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” as part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. This day, he said, …

Dave Roitman & Adele Franks: Our times demand more, not less, solar generation

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The net metering debate is capturing attention lately. We think the issue deserves a lot more. Here’s why we, as residents and ratepayers, should care. Net metering gives solar panel users — municipalities, businesses, residents and community solar participants — full credit for electricity generated during …

Joshua Miller: When will the white Valley awake to racial injustice?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was a pleasant summer evening, and my Smith College colleague was standing with two friends on Elm Street in Northampton, just outside residential houses on the campus when a car drove by. The group had just left a lecture that explored the impact of racialized …

Marty Nathan: An oasis in an urban food desert

Monday, September 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I had the pleasure recently to be invited to the garden office of the Springfield nonprofit Gardening The Community. I joined a group of a dozen teens and their adult leaders Ibrahim Ali, Moises Ramos, Dondre Scott, Olivia and Danielle Brown and Gabriella della Croce at …

Andrew Morris-Friedman: Great Pacific Garbage Patch says plenty about America

Monday, September 7, 2015

HADLEY — I am writing in support of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (“Boaters map pacific garbage,” Aug. 23). Pessimistic pundits perceive the patch as a potential problem. But I see the garbage patch as half full, not …

David E. Sullivan: Fighting the stigma of drug addiction

Monday, September 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two themes emerged at last Monday’s vigil on Northampton’s Main Street to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic: heartbreak and resilience. The heartbreak was etched on the faces of the three mothers who stood before a crowd gathered in the growing darkness on the front lawn …